On 14 February, Cecilie Laake, Director General of Norsk Akkreditering (NA) and Tove Kristin Dokka, Accreditation Manager at the Norwegian accreditation body, visited DAkkS. Topics covered in the bilateral exchange included the new risk-based approach for the assessment programme, the organisational structures of DAkkS and the new fee regulation.
The focus of the meeting was on the new approach to risk-based assessment developed by DAkkS, providing a comprehensive insight into the approach and into the criteria set out for use in risk-based assessment planning.
“Dialogue with European partners is important in our efforts to intensify mutual exchange. This is the only way we can share our knowledge and practical experience with respect to necessary changes, which ultimately deliver added value for all involved,” says Dr. Stephan Finke, Managing Director of DAkkS.
With the revised DIN EN ISO/IEC 17011:2018, accreditation bodies are encouraged to take a risk-based approach to assessment. At the 2018 Accreditation Conference in Berlin, the approach developed for this purpose was presented to interested German parties. The draft of the risk-based approach of DAkkS was submitted to the Accreditation Advisory Board for consultation in summer 2018 and has not yet been implemented.
The new approach to risk-based assessment has been very well received by colleagues from other European accreditation bodies. In addition to the accreditation body of Norway, to date, it has also been presented to accreditation bodies from Austria, Switzerland, France and Liechtenstein.